Monica Lewinsky, the infamous White House intern during the President Bill Clinton years, is speaking out about her affair with the former president of the United States. Lewinsky is reportedly speaking out for the first time in years, according to a USA Today report on Tuesday. Via Vanity Fair, Lewinsky will be revealing her side of the story on the digital platform on Thursday and in print at newsstands on May 13.
Lewinsky, now 40-years-old, says she is finally stepping forward about her experiences in the Oval Office of the White House with President Bill Clinton because of Tyler Clementi. Tyler Clementi was an 18-year-old who committed suicide in September of 2010 after a video of him kissing another man was put online. The woman who performed oral sex on President Bill Clinton repeatedly in the White House's Oval Office says that “thanks to the Drudge Report,” she was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet. The former White House intern said that both she and her mother were disturbed by the story surrounding the death of Tyler Clementi.
Lewinsky said that her mother was reliving 1998, when her mother wouldn’t let her daughter out of her sight. She said that her mother was replaying those weeks when she stayed by her bedside, night after night. Lewinsky admits that during that time she was suicidal, too. She goes on to say that the shame, the scorn and the fear that had been thrown at her had caused her mother to fear that she would commit suicide. In Lewinsky’s words, she said that there was a fear that she would have been literally humiliated to death, according to a New York Daily News report.
The purpose for telling her side of the story, according to Lewinsky, is that she might be able to help others in their darkest moments of humiliation. She is also using the public moment to set the record straight regarding other stories about her in the past. Likely the most humiliated woman in the history of the country said that she was never offered $12 million for a salacious tell-all-book. However, she said that she did turn down offers that would have earned her more than $10 million.
Lewinsky said that it is time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress. They are two articles of clothing that became infamous with the Monica Lewinsky story. She said that she deeply regrets what happened between her and Bill Clinton.